Policeman shoots 4 Christians in Egypt January 12, 2011
Less than two weeks after a church bombing in Alexandria left 21 Coptic Christians dead, an off-duty policeman shot four Christians on a train, killing a 71-year-old man. A fifth person was also wounded.
“This lunatic went up and down the coach looking for Christians,” said Coptic Orthodox Bishop Morcos of Shobra El-Kheima, who had spoken with witnesses to the shooting. “Seeing a group of girls and women who were not wearing the [Islamic’ veil, he took them for Christians and fired, shouting Allahu Akbar [Allah is great].”
Christians returning to Palestine; prime minister laments church bombings
Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, told a group of European and North American bishops that “we are very disturbed at the recent terrorism against Christians in both Iraq and Egypt, and we must speak out on this issue.” The prime minister said that he shares Pope Benedict’s “concern about intolerance in the Middle East.” . . .
Former abortion-clinic director’s book exposes Planned Parenthood
More than 21,000 people participated in a “webcast” announcing the publication of Unplanned, a new book by the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. . . .
18 dead in new attacks against Christians in Nigeria
Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked four non-Muslim villages in central Nigeria on January 10 and 11, killing 18 and burning down a church and over a dozen houses. Soldiers reportedly collaborated in the attack. . . .
Kenyan bishop’s home attacked; guard killed
One security guard was killed and another seriously wounded when armed men attacked the residence of Bishop Philip Sulumeti of Kakamega, Kenya, on January 13. . . .
70 Christians arrested in Iran
Iranian authorities have arrested 70 evangelical Christians in recent weeks. . . .
Italian cardinal decries anti-Christian violence
The president of the Italian bishops’ conference spoke out against the recent worldwide wave of anti-Christian violence during his homily at a Mass for the feast of the Epiphany. . . .
Laos: 11 arrested for celebrating Christmas
Authorities in Laos arrested 11 Christians for holding a “secret meeting” to celebrate Christmas. Three of those arrested, who are Protestant pastors, remain in custody. . . . Another Iraqi Christian shot in Mosul
A Christian doctor in Mosul was shot a point-blank range on January 15, in the latest of a series of targeted attacks on Iraqi Christians. . . .
Dr. Nuyia Youssif Nuyia, a prominent cardiologist and the father of 4 children and a faithful Chaldean Catholic, was shot by gunmen who burst into his medical clinic. Surprisingly, he survived, although he was seriously wounded.
An Iraqi Christian group released a statement complaining of the lack of support from Western countries for efforts to provide security to the religious minority in Iraq. The group charged that “the West denies its Christian roots and is indifferent to all religions,” adding that Western observers fail to recognize that “in these Muslim countries ‘democracy’ means ‘chaos.'”